The one that generated the most buzz was the students’ participation in a community project to build six raised plant beds for the Northside Elementary School’s spring garden. The project was sponsored by the Food Corps, Warren County Cooperative Extension , Warren County High School and local Non Profit Working Landscapes. As a result of Kittrell’s participation, several students were featured on the front page of the Warren Record.
Prior to the community service event, the Center’s Career Preparation Period/Counseling Department sponsored a trivia, poetry and essay contest on “the meaning of Civil Rights and how it has impacted us today” and “Civil Rights through the Decades.”
Kittrell students also videotaped a Youth 2 Youth play called “A Conversation Between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.” The magnificent play featured Dr. King and Malcolm X offering sharp contrasting ideas regarding the future directions of African American politics. The video was filmed outside of the Administration Building.
Students later made cards for the Kerr-Lake Nursing home residents and veterans, which were distributed during their visit to the facility on January 17. Students also sang songs and conducted a bingo for the residents.
The Center held a final special Civil Rights program on January 19 in the center gymnasium. The guest speaker was Jenny Johnson Franklin, a retired educator from Warren County. She shared information on Civil Rights, her experience, and a conversation she held with Dr. King.